January 24, 2013 – In a move that vastly trumps the computing development of Moore’s Law, a group of MIT researchers have found a way to freeze and “layer” data at the molecular level that expands storage density by 1,000 times the current capacity.

Published Wednesday in the online science journal, “Nature,” a team of MIT researchers, led by physics scientist Jagadeesh Moodera outlined a new method of cooling physical disk storage systems at about the freezing point of water and then “arranging” data as flat sheets of carbon atoms attached to zinc atoms in careful layers. While organic storage isn’t entirely new, this method requires more realistic cooling temperatures and cuts the number of a specific magnet used in the process down to one, which the scientists indicated could simplify the method of manufacturing this type of molecular memory. Altogether, the published experiment puts storage capabilities to about 1 million megabytes of data in a square inch, according to an MIT news announcement on the findings.

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